How making the most of workwear can offer 80% savings on new

Workwear stands up to some heavy-duty use – whether it be hospital scrubs, chef whites, lab coats or anything else that key workers wear, day in day out, often for 12 hours at a time.

Garments are expensive to buy for employers – but they can be all-too-easily thrown away, long before they are worn out.

Provided uniforms are not ripped or torn, a stain or discolouration is no reason to put a piece of clothing in the bin when they can be successfully treated by a specialist cleaner for a fifth of the price of new.

Getting stains out of workwear

Technology has advanced so that tricky marks – food, rust, mould, oil, fake tan, chemicals – can be lifted in the vast majority of cases, making tunics, shirts, trousers and other items good for many more washes to come.

Regenex uses a gentle multi-bath treatment to discolouration and blemishes out of commercial cottons, polycottons and polyesters. As well as workwear, we process tableware, bedding and towels.

Our managing director, David Midgley, said: “Commercial laundries spend an average of 10% of their turnover on top-up stock and much of this is needless.

“For most linens – including sheets, pillowcases and tablecloths – laundries, healthcare organisations and hospitality companies can save up to 50% on buying new, by sending stained items to us for cleaning.

“On workwear, because these items are more costly in the first place, that saving can be 80%. This means for the cost of one new uniform you could have five existing ones processed and returned to stock for many washes to come.”

David continued: “We can successful treat about 75.3% of all items and we don’t charge for anything that fails to meet vigorous post-treatment examination.”

The environmental benefit

Coronavirus has disrupted international recycling processes, meaning that global markets for second-hand textiles have shrunk drastically and contamination risks mean much more material will head to landfill.

Hopefully this is a temporary problem – but it certainly highlights the need for all of us to think carefully before throwing anything away that could be used again.

By developing thriftier habits with linen, laundries can do their bit to ease the burden on the textile waste situation.

Any reduction in the need for freshly-manufactured clothing is a bonus, too, when considered that it takes 2,700 litres of water to make one new t-shirt – three years’ drinking water for one person.

So enlisting Regenex can help a company’s carbon footprint and their bottom line – as well as ensuring that employees are immaculately dressed.

We are offering a free 400kg stain removal trial to any new customer. Get in touch to find out more.


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